The Oklahoma State Sooners (8-4) travel to Houston this week to face the Texas A&M Aggies (7-5) in the 2019 Texas Bowl. Kickoff is set for 6:45 PM EST on December 27th at NRG Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Texas A&M is currently listed as a 6.5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 53.5 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Texas Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State saw their four game winning streak come to an end their last time out, falling 34-16 at home against Oklahoma. The Cowboys fell behind 20-13 in the first half and never recovered, scoring just a single field goal over the final two quarters of the game. QB Dru Brown wasn’t at his best, throwing an interception and failing to find the end zone through the air. RB Chuba Hubbard recorded yet another 100+ rushing yard performance on the ground while Braydon Johnson led the way for the receiving corps with four catches for 77 yards. As a whole, Oklahoma State averaged 33 points and close to 500 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Cowboys weren’t nearly as impressive on the other side of the ball this year, giving up close to 30 points and 425 total yards of offense per outing. Oklahoma State really struggled to contain opposing offenses through the air, allowing them to rack up almost 275 passing yards per game.
Texas A&M lost two straight games to close out the regular season, getting crushed 50-7 on the road against LSU their last time out to finish 7-5 overall. The Aggies have up 21 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, allowing the Tigers to put up 19 more points over the final 30 minutes of the game en route to a blowout defeat. Overall, Texas A&M averaged exactly 30 points per game through their first 12 outings while also putting up close to 400 yards of total offense on a weekly basis.
The Aggies were pretty solid defensively this year, holding their opponents to 23 points and well under 350 total yards of offense per game. Texas A&M was especially impressive defending against the pass, surrendering under 215 yards per outing through the air.
2019 Texas Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 53.5
While I also don’t mind taking the 6.5 points and rolling with the Cowboys against the spread on Friday evening, my favorite play from the 2019 Texas Bowl is the OVER on 53.5 total points scored. Oklahoma State really did a lot of damage on offense this year, averaging close to 35 points per game. The same thing can also be said about the Aggies, as they managed to rack up an average of 30 points per game. Texas A&M was certainly the more consistent team on the other side of the ball, as the Cowboys defense seemed to get consistently lit up when facing above average competition.
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It is also important to note that these two schools have had their fair share of offensive shootouts together in recent years, as the total has now gone OVER in seven out of their last ten meetings overall. The OVER has also come through in four out of Texas A&M’s last six battles against opponents from the BIG 12 conference as well. Finally, the Cowboys have definitely enjoyed the upper hand against the spread against the Aggies as of late, going a very impressive 6-3-1 ATS over their last ten meetings. While I will likely still take a shot with Oklahoma State and the points, the optimal play in the 2019 Texas Bowl is the OVER on 53.5 total points scored in what should be a highly entertaining matchup.